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WorkOne Job Fair in Plainfield tomorrow

WorkOne Plainfield Job Fair – Tuesday, April 24, 2018 – 10am-1pm

Veterans Preference 10-10: 15 am

The Job Fair is located at the new location for the Plainfield WorkOne office:

WorkOne Plainfield, 995 Andico Road, Plainfield IN 46168

Directions:  In Plainfield, Take US 40/ Main Street to Carr Road (just after Duke Energy).  Turn north.  A short distance you will see the Plainfield Post Office on the left.  Andico Road is immediately after the post office.  Turn left and WorkOne is on the left.

Participating Employers and currently posted openings:

Benefit Resources Staffing –

Accounts Receivable – Indianapolis

Brake Press – Brownsburg/Plainfield

CNC Machinist – Indianapolis

Maintenance – Greenfield/Greenwood

Soldering – Mooresville/Indianapolis

Boring Operator – Indianapolis

Structural Steel Estimator – Indianapolis

Brownsburg School Corporation (Custodians)

DHL – Mooresville, Plainfield and Lebanon (Forklift Operators)

NicePak – Mooresville (Compounder in Training, Operator in Training, Quality Assurance Tech, Electrician, Facility Maintenance, Packer, Truck Driver)

Securitas – Plainfield and Indianapolis Area (Security Officers)

Upcoming events at Greendell Landscape Solutions

Free Community Events: 

-Plant a sunflower & watch it grow!

Every Saturday during the month of May, from 10 am to 11 am at Greendell

This class will focus on growing a plant from seed to flowering. Seeds, soil, and pots will be provided!


Square Foot Gardening 

Wednesday, May 2 from 4-5pm at Greendell

Big rewards for small spaces!

How to harvest a bounty of produce from spring to fall with square foot gardening.

-Planting with Pollinators

Sunday, May 6 from 1-2 pm at Greendell

What is a pollinator? Which plants and flowers attract which pollinators? Why would I want to garden with these plants, and how do I begin? If you’ve been thinking about creating a pollinator habitat with which you could enjoy more wildlife, join us as our Indiana Advanced Master Naturalist dives into a discussion on which pollinating plants you’d need for the bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, and other fun creatures!

Shade Gardening Class

Wednesday, May 16 from 4-5 pm at Greendell

Shady Spaces! Are you needing ideas for your shady areas other than just hosts? Then this class is for you. We will discuss versatile options available for shade gardening.

Reserve your spot for these events:

Mosaic Bird Houses 

Tuesday, May 15th from 4-7 pm and Thursday, May 17 from 5-7 pm

Who doesn’t love garden art? We’re making stained glass mosaic birdhouses at Greendell and we’d love for you to join us. With the price of purchase, you’ll get your own blank birdhouse, decorative stained glass, and a stained glass mosaic artist as your instructor.  This 2-day, step-by-step art class will give you the know-how to continue to make stained glass mosaics on your own. Sign up today and tell your friends to join you! $50

-Stepping Stones perfect for Mother’s Day

Tuesday, May 8 and Thursday, May 10 from 5-6 pm

Step up your garden appeal! Join us for a 2-day art class as we create garden stepping stones. With the price of purchase, you’ll get enough concrete to make one stepping stone, the decorative glass for the stone, and an instructor to teach you how to create this make-and-take project. Don’t miss out on a fun way to make some garden art with your friends at Greendell! $35

Reserve your spot today! Call 317.996.2826 or email:


Martinsville Chamber hosts inaugural DUKE IT OUT youth pitch contest

Recently, the Chamber’s Workforce & Community Development Team partnered with title sponsor, Duke Energy, along with Ivy Tech Community College and the MSD of Martinsville, to hold a business pitch contest for the youth of our community.  Local students were encouraged to share their business ideas with us through a simple application process and business mentors were recruited to assist the students in preparing for the actual contest.

The Chamber and Launch Martinsville hosted a practice session held for the applicants, where local mentors met with each of the students and helped them with a particular aspect of their pitch. We were excited about the variety of innovative ideas and the enthusiasm demonstrated by the youth and their mentors.

Parents and supporters of the contestants attended the Duke it Out Contest, held in the South Central Indiana REMC Community Room.  Maura Giles, Chair of the Martinsville Chamber Board of Directors, welcomed everyone and Steve Bryant, Regional Director of the South Central Small Business Development Center and Executive Director of the Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship at Ivy Tech Community College-Bloomington, acted as MC for the evening.

Our judges for this first annual pitch contest were Bruce Calloway – Manager Government & Community Relations, Duke Energy, Connie Musgrave – owner, 21 North, and Mike Garard – owner, Aggregate Manufacturing International.  Each student had three minutes to make their pitch, followed by up to five minutes of questioning by the judges.

Spencer Stephens

Spencer accepts prize from Maura Giles (L) and Bruce Calloway (R)









Spencer Stephens, a sophomore at Martinsville High School, won the top prize ($250) for his business, Stephens Social, a digital marketing company.  Spencer had already acquired two customers and had a comprehensive understanding of what it would take to run a business.  He had a firm grasp on the specifics of the audience he would be marketing to and was personable and comfortable in his sales approach.

Jeremy accepts award from Maura Giles & Bruce Calloway


Garnering second place and a prize of $100 was John R. Wooden Middle School 8th grader, Jeremy Green.  Jeremy proposed an “around the world” cafe of sorts, featuring multiple ethnic foods, with dining rooms decorated to coordinate with each particular ethnicity. His idea was a hit with the judges and audience alike and Jeremy is well on his way toward his goal of opening his restaurant after graduation from college.


Acxel Napoles (L) answers questions from the judges, while Steve Bryant, MC, looks on.

Martinsville High School senior, Acxel Napoles, took home the third place prize of $5o with his idea of working with local farmers and retailers to offer goods at a significant discount. His target audience would be families with lower incomes.  Acxel has made progress since the contest and has acquired a semi-truck to transport the goods.  He is on the lookout now for a storefront to house the store.

Kudos to Elliott Crabb (MHS) and J.T. Poore (JRWMS) for great presentations and ideas!  We hope to hear from them again next year. Shelby Yount (JRWMS) also had an excellent idea but was unable to compete due to illness the day of the event.



Thank you to our mentors who gave generously of their time to coach these students on different aspects of their presentation!

  • Nick Agresta – Agresta, Storms & O’Leary PC
  • Antonella Barker – Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship
  • Terri Brown – Central Indiana Small Business Development Center
  • Steve Bryant – Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship
  • Maura Giles – South Central Indiana REMC
  • Jack Klemeyer – Certified John Maxwell Coach, Grow Your Business Coaching
  • Dakota Scheu – The Nice Law Firm
  • Jason Scott – JacksonEve GDS
  • Darla Spina – FC Tucker Realty
  • Jerry Waldon – Waldon IT Solutions

The Martinsville Chamber Workforce & Community Development Team are responsible for working with all of our partners to make this event a success.  Thank you to Chris Beil, Chair, and her team: Bob Elliott, Maura Giles, Susan Helton-Groce, Jennifer Isbell Scott, Aimee L. Ketterer, Dr. Michele Moore, Pamela Siddons, Darla Spina, Jamie Taylor, Dr. Terry Terhune, and Jerry Waldon.

For more photos of the practice session and contest, visit the Greater Martinsville Chamber on Facebook.




May 19th: The Martinsville Arts Council invites you to FolkFest 2018


The Martinsville Arts Council is proud to announce

Folkfest 2018

Please attend our concert Saturday, May 19 – 7 pm at The Depot Theatre 210 N. Marion St. in Martinsville.

Tickets are $20 and available at

ALL proceeds go to to the Desert Rose Women’s Shelter & the Depot Building Fund.

Come enjoy the hits of the 60’s in an intimate setting performed by ‘Blue Eyes & Grey Skies Band’.

Keller Office Supply to offer Chamber member discount on shredding

Shredding is normally $.99 per pound, but for Chamber members, we are offering a special price of just  $.69 per pound.


Shred, Don’t Toss, Your Trash: One of the most common ways that thieves gain access to consumer information is to do so by digging through your trash. It can happen after it leaves your property, too. To avoid this problem, shred all documentation containing any of your loan information, personally identifying information or other sensitive materials.



THREE SIMPLE STEPS:                                                                                  
Bring your documents to our store located at 159 North Main Street in Martinsville.
We will weigh your doc
uments. Shredding costs $.99 per pound – ONLY $.69/lb. for Chamber Members.
You place your documents into our secure shredding console, or if you prefer, we will do it for you.

Shredding is performed on-site (as container fills up).

Keller Office Supply & Printing

59 N. Main St.
Martinsville, IN 46151
(765) 349-1215


Martinsville BPA, DECA head to nationals

2018 national competition in April and May 2018

The MSD of Martinsville will have students from Martinsville High School and John R Wooden Middle School participating.

MHS DECA students participated in the state career development conference March 4 to 6 at the Downtown Indianapolis Marriott.

Of those participants, the team of Beau Weston and Alexis Teckenbrock will be competing in hospitality services team decision making. Ally Staley and Karissa Wampler will be participating in leadership development.

Their national competition, the International Career Development Conference, is from April 21 to 25 in Atlanta, Georgia.

BPA contests

Martinsville High School BPA and John R. Wooden Middle School BPA students participated in the state leadership conference from March 11 to 13 at the Downtown Indianapolis Marriott.

Jade Schubert will be competing in legal office procedures and Libby Lafary in keyboarding production.

BPA national competition, the National Leadership Conference, will be from May 9 to 13 in Dallas, Texas.

Hard work pays off

These students were the best of the best in the State of Indiana and will not only be representing the MSD of Martinsville in their national events but the state of Indiana as well. They have worked very hard all year long in order to make it to this level.

All DECA and BPA members participate in a variety of fundraising events as well as sponsor and/or host other events for the community.

Not only do they volunteer their time at events such as Artie Fest, For Bare Feet and Safe Trick-or-Treat, they spend a very long 10 days at the Morgan County Fair managing their booth, which makes Tiny’s famous pizza subs for the public to enjoy during all of the festivities at the fair.

Many students become future business leaders and entrepreneurs in our community. They spent their high school careers participating and growing in these two academic clubs which provide skills found nowhere else. While the two organizations share similarities, they are different in the type of skills offered.

It has been a privilege to watch these students grow professionally and mature individually; all from DECA and/or BPA participation.

MHS has a rich history of students who were members while in school. Professionally, our graduates have become entrepreneurs to now multi-million dollar businesses, own local businesses, are long-time employees of local banks.

In addition, DECA/BPA student members are now lawyers and doctors. They wouldn’t be where they are without the support they received then and our current students wouldn’t be where they are without the involvement of the community.

How to help

Students need your help getting to nationals. If you are interested in helping these students offset their costs for nationals — approximately $1,000 per student — please contact Marcy Hankins at Martinsville High School by calling765-342-5571 x 4021 or at

Every penny counts and when you start adding up airfare, hotel stay and throw in a fun activity for them while they are there, it does add up quickly.

They will get a chance to meet other students from all over the country while they are there and simultaneously gaining a wealth of knowledge and experience unlike any in which they have ever participated.

Please help cultivate the leadership of tomorrow’s Martinsville by supporting these distinguished organizations

Hankins is the student advisor and will accompany the students on their trip to Nationals.